I'm not getting it...

Fin Fan

Headless Tuna!
Mar 14, 2015
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Mission Viejo, Mulege, bcs Mexico
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J
Boat
Vaya con Dios
Where are the fish? This is the biggest El Nino in over 25 years but no fish? Water is warm so they didn't head back yet. 3 degrees ago they were boiling everywhere, what is up? Someone told me they went north with the currents?

Don't respond with "I caught two fish yesterday". In good El Nino years you find wide open often. Something unknown to me is happening.

Chime in, need the info before the season is over.
 

Kaden

Newbie
Jun 20, 2015
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Kaden Caliendo
Boat
Aqua Paza
The water is too warm. There is a lot of bait but it dies quickly.
 

la vida

Now I love our Prezzz!!!
Jun 28, 2006
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El Cazonn
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Frank F
Boat
Boat-less (Sad)
I'm waiting for a new wave of bigger YF and maybe some Big eye
 
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hektic77

Newbie
Oct 1, 2007
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Hesperia, ca.
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Josh
Boat
17' center console
The problem with this El Niño is the water is too warm in too large of an area so there are a ton of fish but they are spread out in a much larger area than normal. The bait continues to look for slightly cooler waters and of course the Pelagics keep chasing that bait in a large circle around the temp breaks at the edge of the warm water mass. This is why we are seeing reports of tails and tuna further and further up north and further off shore closer to the big temp breaks at the edges of the warm water mass. Of course there is still schools of fish spread out throughout the warm water but the square miles of this warm water mass is ten times bigger than normal so it's 10 times harder to find the big schools of fish and in all honesty it seems as if the schools are much smaller than usual as well because you rarely see wide open bites and limits on the sport boats. It will go wide open for about 10-20 fish then the school fades out. It's hard to complain as this has been a great season for PBers but it has definitely been hit and miss and time on the water is key to have your lucky day when it's your turn to find that hungry school of fish.
 
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lynndeva

Fishing mom
Sep 14, 2009
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Socal
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Debi
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Wellcraft Coastal
Speaking from my own expirence, we catch fish from 4am to about 7am then it's a 9 hour bird watching cruse until about 4:30-5pm when we get a fresh round of biters. We are also fishing deeper/ farther out then what we have previously. The water is just too warm closer to shore. Again this is speaking just of my own fishing excursions as of late.
 
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jim isbell

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 25, 2015
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Anaheim, CA
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Jim Isbell
Boat
19' Campion/115 4 stroke Yamaha
Where are the fish? This is the biggest El Nino in over 25 years but no fish? Water is warm so they didn't head back yet. 3 degrees ago they were boiling everywhere, what is up? Someone told me they went north with the currents?

Don't respond with "I caught two fish yesterday". In good El Nino years you find wide open often. Something unknown to me is happening.

Chime in, need the info before the season is over.
Yes, even in the biggest El Nino of my lifetime--fish move around. Best bet, is to check 976 tuna the day before you go--and check THE day you go with the guys at the bait barge--last time out, was told by Nacho "they are up at Rocky Point" and you know what--they were, but lots of guys were looking where they HAD been the previous weeks. Something IS going on--but you really can't expect the fish to be anywhere you choose to go--it may be a great year, but not that great.
 

Harborlocal

Newbie
Aug 18, 2013
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Oceanside, ca
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Me
Boat
N/a
It's not life of pi wide open where they are jumping in your boat, but wahoo, yft, bft, yellows and dorado within 10 miles of the beach is pretty unheard of and epic. Bft, yft, and dodo so far in my 15ft tiller motor controlled aluminum. Plenty of skunk days but still fun and better than tv or work.
 
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makairaa

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 1, 2005
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Tustin CA
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Philip Hunkins
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17 starcraft
The party boats do not seem to have problems finding some daily. They have just moved further offshore and some have gone north. The yellowfin off the channel islands have been a better grade than the stuff south lately. It has been more about quality and location than quantity this year though.
 

Bizzy

Member
May 19, 2009
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Poway CA
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Tom
Boat
25 Parker
We have fished a lot this year and have had only one skunk and a few days where we back at the dock before one. Where have you been fishing? It's been pretty good South of San Diego.
 

makairaa

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 1, 2005
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Tustin CA
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Philip Hunkins
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17 starcraft
Yesterday was a down day for everybody. Should pick up again in a few days.
 

titos334

VIP Elite Member
Aug 19, 2012
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Hell
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Kevin
Boat
Rainbow Surprise
Off dana point. 209, 267, 277, domes and the 14 mile bank. All of these yesterday for nothing but rat yt and dodo
Virtually no bait offshore, all the little yellows probably ate it. Other than looking for wahoo and marlin I'd say the offshore fishing around Dana is pretty close to being done.
 

26grumpy

who hooked who
Sep 24, 2006
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Anaheim Hills
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Joe
Boat
Freefrom Boats Club
Expectations are personal and subjective and usually don't pan out where we don't have total control of the outcome.

Like...if every guy's expectations were to pan out there wouldn't be a market for Viagra now would there? :D
 

makairaa

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 1, 2005
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Tustin CA
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Philip Hunkins
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17 starcraft
Western pride had 116 yellowfin today. So they are there somewhere. Unfortunately still peanuts, but they are there.